Strategies

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The Point

Southeast San Francisco – specifically Bayview Hunter’s Point – is home to a resilient community that has persevered through significant challenges. Historically, the region has faced disproportionate rates of industrial pollution, high rates of unemployment, and ongoing marginalization. Southeast San Francisco is home to more than two-thirds of San Francisco’s pollution sources and one third of the city’s hazardous waste sites.

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The Need

Many residents lack structured opportunities for safe engagement with the natural environment, meaningful employment, and positive leadership opportunities. Without avenues for engagement, the voices of low-income residents are often overlooked.

 

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The Opportunity

Today, our community is at the center of the largest redevelopment effort in San Francisco in recent history. At this critical juncture LEJ is leveraging its history of community engagement and community action to help ensure that current residents have the voice, resources, and ongoing opportunities to help shape the future of the community that has long been their home.

Our Approach to Change

 

LEJ promotes ecological health, environmental stewardship, and community development in Southeast San Francisco by creating urban greening, eco-literacy, community stewardship and workforce development opportunities that directly engage and support local residents in securing a healthier future.

Read on below to learn more about our major initiatives and how your can get involved.

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Facilitate Workforce Development

Since LEJ was founded in 1998, we have provided education, leadership, and park stewardship for youth and young adults in Bayview Hunters Point. A core component of this has been youth leadership and stewardship programming for teens, focused on providing structured, positive early employment experiences in the form of a year-long internship.

Become a member of the Bay Youth for the Environment by contacting Anthony Khalil at anthony.khalil@lejyouth.org

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Promote Eco-Literacy

All of LEJ’s programming – from volunteer days to structured service learning for schools – seeks to promote eco-literacy through inquiry-based learning and educational activities. LEJ continues its vision of connecting a generation of youth – tomorrow’s leaders & decision-makers – to formative experiences, today.

Candlestick Point Environmental Education Program (CPEEP) enables students and teachers to participate in the restoration and completion of Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, using the action opportunity to deepen eco-literacy.

To sign your school group up for a CPEEP experience, please contact Anthony Khalil at anthony.khalil@lejyouth.org.

Get Involved

Learn about how you can join our efforts by visiting our Get Involved page. 

Project-Based Partnerships

Our vision of a more just and healthy future for Southeast San Francisco not only involves only our organizations, but others who are like-minded as well. Scroll through the gallery below to learn more about our project-based partnerships with Student Conservation Association, Golden Gate Audubon, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

If you or your organization is interested in partnering with us to deepen your impact in the community, please contact our community programs manager, Anthony Khalil at anthony.khalil@lejyouth.org.

 

 
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Student Conservation Association (SCA)

We are grateful for thriving partnerships that have emerged in the pursuit of providing support for youth and young adults. For example, we are entering our third year of partnership with the Student Conservation Association, which seeks to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship. The youth that have served on an SCA crew with a placement at LEJ receive the benefit of both organizations\' dedication and expertise!

Learn more at http://www.bayareasca.org/

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Pier 94 with Golden Gate Audubon

LEJ has worked with Golden Gate Audubon Society for many years. Whether through the long-term community-based monitoring of Yosemite Slough watershed, or through conducting comprehensive wildlife and water quality studies, our organizations have worked together to continue to further restoration efforts in Southeast San Francisco. Currently, we are working together on the restoration of the Pier 94 wetland. This green infrastructure project is focused on climate resiliency, sea level rise, and carbon sequestration.

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State Parks

LEJ works cooperatively with California State Parks, whose mission is “to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state\'s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation”. With California State Parks, we have done work throughout Candlestick, restored four sites, are infusing community participation in the restoration of Yosemite Slough, and are implementing our Healthy Habitats and Lifestyles project, furthering Candlestick Point’s new General Plan.

Learn more at http://www.parks.ca.gov/

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California State Parks Foundation

California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) is dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California’s 279 state parks. CSPF has been a critical partner all throughout LEJ’s history, helping launch Bay Youth for the Environment (BYE) and serving as a lead on many restoration endeavors at CPSRA. Currently, we’re helping CSPF, their consultants, and California State Parks with the stewardship and monitoring of phase I of a three phase multi million dollar tidal restoration project - helping restore the largest contiguous wetland in the county of SF. Our volunteers currently work with them on their Park Champions workdays every second Saturday of the month.

Learn more at http://www.calparks.org/whatwedo/improving/candlestick/

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Hands on Bay Area

LEJ is grateful for it’s ongoing partnership with Hands On Bay Area, which enables volunteers and corporate groups to sign up and join us during standing workdays every first Saturday of the month.

Click here to volunteer with Hands on Bay Area.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)

In partnership with NOAA, LEJ has provided climate education and awareness, and engaged volunteers in citizen science, monitoring king tides at CPSRA.

Read more about this project in the San Francisco Chronicle by clicking here.

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San Francisco Environment

We work closely with SF environment - particularly with our CPEEP program. They often provide outreach to schools, transportation for kids, and we integrate their curriculum into our program. In addition to working with them, we also work closely with their Office of Biodiversity. We are playing an active role to help shape and implement the new biodiversity plan for the City of San Francisco.

Click here to learn more.

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San Francisco Parks Alliance

The mission of the San Francisco Parks Alliance is to inspire and promote civic engagement and philanthropy to protect, sustain, and enrich San Francisco's parks, recreation, and green open spaces. LEJ is proud to be working under the fiscal sponsorship umbrella of the Parks Alliance on the Healthy Habitats and Lifestyles project. This project is important to the Parks Alliance's development of the Blue Greenway, a network of parks, trails, beaches and bay access points along 13 miles of San Francisco’s southeastern waterfront.

Click here to learn more.

 
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